Moving the line of scrimmage : masculinity in Richard Ford

Gushue, Marc William (2000) Moving the line of scrimmage : masculinity in Richard Ford. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Novelist Richard Ford has created the first important character of the masculinist age of American fiction: Frank Bascombe. In The Sportswriter and Independence Day Frank is an Everyman who faces the issues commonly confronted by men in contemporary American society: issues such as raising children, divorce, mid-life crisis, relationships with women, relationships with men, and professional life. -- In my thesis I argue that what has been called the "masculine mystique" is the central antagonist in both novels by Ford. The term is borrowed from the newly-emerged field of men's studies, and refers to codes of conduct that are imprinted on boys by society. Using theorists from this controversial field such as Brod, Pleck, and Messner, I explore the men's studies stance on gender socialization, and demonstrate the ways in which Ford's novels contribute to that debate. -- Men's studies seeks to bring a subjective perspective to men's lives-a perspective that heretofore has not been central in the criticism of fiction. I investigate the value of this perspective and demonstrate the ways in which Ford's novels are illustrative of the male condition in postmodern USA.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/9252
Item ID: 9252
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves [128-138].
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > English Language and Literature
Date: 2000
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Ford, Richard, 1944-; Masculinity in literature

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